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Vladimir Chuchelov vs Alexey Shirov
"Chuckle Off" (game of the day Feb-10-2009)
Bundesliga (2008/09), Various GER, rd 11, Feb-01
Semi-Slav Defense: Stoltz Variation (D45)  ·  0-1



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Feb-10-09  zooter: wow, shirov just resigned after calculating defense after plugging this into silicon?
Feb-10-09  zdigyigy: White is busted, go Shirov.
Feb-10-09  notyetagm: This is a beautifully well-played game by Shirov.

Monokroussos liked it so much that he deeply annotated it:

Feb-10-09  anandrulez: zooter , u gotcha drink less vodka ...shirov won the game
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  whiteshark: At the beginning of the middlegame white played rather passive / without an active play
Feb-10-09  tivrfoa: <syracrophy>thanks for your sequence
Feb-10-09  notyetagm: You should really check out Monokroussos' excellent annotations to this game if you like it.

In my opinion this is not a brilliancy but simply how you should play a game of chess, by Shirov that is.

Well, maybe 41 ... ♖f6xf3! is brilliant. :-)

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  kevin86: Wow! Sudden death overtime!!
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  Phony Benoni: You just knew bad things were going to start happening when White's f3 knight started trundling over to b3.
Feb-10-09  Alphastar: lol, owned
Feb-10-09  notyetagm: One of my favorite games of the year.

A typical day at the office for a 2700-rated player (2726) playing a weaker opponent (2575) in a league game: outplay the weaker opponent positionally and then whammo! 41 ... ♖f6xf3!, game over, go have a beer.

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  Once: White seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time putting his pieces onto the back rank ...
Feb-10-09  smitten: I like the move 21..Bxg3!

If 22.hxg3 then ..Qxe3+ and sooner or later Qxg3. Three pawns for a piece and White's king is way too vulnerable..

Feb-10-09  KingG: This game reminds me a lot of Alekhine.
Feb-10-09  engineerX: The black Q is positioned well on c8, it is ready to jump on the white K through f5 or c2. I wonder at what time did Shirov come up with the ...Rxf3 idea.
Feb-10-09  WhiteRook48: Shirov should have Chuckled at the end
Feb-10-09  MrBlueLake: Thanks to notyetagm for the the link to Monokroussos' annotations of this game.
Feb-11-09  KingG: <This game reminds me a lot of Alekhine.>

Probably because of games like Alekhine vs S Rosselli del Turco, 1934(for 16...c4 here/18.c5 there) and Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 for the h-pawn push. 21...Bxg3 and 41...Rxf3 also look like typical Alekhine combinations.

Ok, I admit the similarities are a bit superficial, but those are the games that came to mind when I first played over this game.

Feb-11-09  notyetagm: <MrBlueLake: Thanks to notyetagm for the the link to Monokroussos' annotations of this game.>


Feb-11-09  notyetagm: <KingG: ... and Reti vs Alekhine, 1925 for the h-pawn push. 21...Bxg3 and 41...Rxf3 also look like typical Alekhine combinations.

Ok, I admit the similarities are a bit superficial, but those are the games that came to mind when I first played over this game.>

Yes, first game I thought of when I looked at this game was Reti vs Alekhine, 1925, because of the <TRADING THE H-PAWNS OVERLOADS THE F-PAWN> theme common in both games.

Feb-11-09  notyetagm: <KingG>

Game Collection: Trading the h-pawns overworks the f-pawn

Reti vs Alekhine, 1925
V Chuchelov vs Shirov, 2009

Apr-18-09  notyetagm: What a *beautifully* well-played game this is by Shirov.

Shirov playing some outstanding chess these days (Shirov vs A Volokitin, 2009, Shirov vs Wang Hao, 2009). Hope he does well at M-Tel next month.

Apr-18-09  notyetagm: Beautiful game by Shirov.
May-20-09  notyetagm: MONOKROUSSOS:

<Also Completed: Rounds 10 and 11 of the Best Chess Nobody Sees Along with Corus (and the Super Bowl, the Australian Open, and a microscopically small local chess event I won) there was still another event this past weekend: the Bundesliga. Rounds 10 and 11 were played on Friday and Sunday, respectively. With many strong players elsewhere the lineups weren't as impressive as we've grown used to seeing the past few years, but that's not to say that no one of note was playing. Among the best of the best there were Nisipeanu, Naiditsch, Fressinet <<<and especially Shirov, who won both his games, the latter in attractive style. Have a look.>>>

Posted by Dennis Monokroussos on Monday February 2, 2009 at 1:19pm>

Aug-05-10  culei: What happens after 42 qd5+ rf6
Here you have a couple of possibilities
Nd2 if nxn you can do rh7+ kxr qxr maybe you could fight for a draw Because of the position but if 43 nd2 qc2 44 qd8 makes a lot of trouble but after rf2 + kh3 bc8 kh4 ( if bishop g4 bxb nf6+ takes the queen) After kh4 g5+ kh5 again n f6 + and takes the queen maybe you could help me orat least let me know if you think that The guy who resigned taught of that
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